Charlie Byrd was first introduced to Brazilian music in the late 1950’s by radio host Felix Grant. In 1961 Byrd participated on a diplomatic tour of South America for the United States State Department,On his retirn to the States, Byrd was working with Stan Getz, whom he introduced to bossa nova recordings by João Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim that he had acquired on his trip. The result of their shared enthusiasm was 1962’s Jazz Samba LP.
Byrd remained a devoted champion of Brazilian music for the rest of his career. The tracks on this LP of Jobim compositions were recorded at various sessions between 1982 and 1999.
Personnel: Charlie Byrd (guitar); Maucha Adnet (vocals); Romero Lubambo (guitar); Hendrik Meurkens (harmonica); Ken Peplowski (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Bud Shank (alto saxophone); Scott Hamilton (tenor saxophone); Allen Farnham (piano); Chuck Redd (vibraphone, drums); Duduka Da Fonseca (drums); Michael Spiro (percussion).